Agnotology (formerly agnatology) is the study of culturally induced ignorance or doubt, .. Agnotology: The making and unmaking of ignorance. Palo Alto, CA. What don’t we know, and why don’t we know it? What keeps ignorance alive, or allows it to be used as a political instrument? Agnotology the study of ignorance. Request PDF on ResearchGate | Agnotology: The Making and Unmaking of Ignorance | What don’t we know, and why don’t we know it? What keeps ignorance.
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Agnotology: The Making and Unmaking of Ignorance by Robert N. Proctor
Stanford University Press Stanford, California. Return to Book Page. What don’t we know, and why don’t we know it? He was later quoted as calling it “agnotology, thee study of ignorance”, in a The New York Times story on medical historians testifying as expert witnesses. Dominic rated it liked it Jan 06, Find it on Scholar. Agnotllogy availability of such large amounts of knowledge in this information age may not necessarily be producing a knowledgeable citizenry.
Agnotology: The Making and Unmaking of Ignorance
It contained many of the ignorances I listed in the first paragraph above. Agnotology as a strategy in the debate over genetically engineered organisms” by David Magnus.
This started off alarmingly by referring to other chapters in the book which did not exist, suggesting that it had been published elsewhere and simply reproduced verbatim without editing. Although it was a very difficult book to read more of a text book than anything else it lead to an excellent discussion. Porter – – Isis 2: I briefly dipped in to “Risk Management versus the Precautionary Principle: Shamik Dasgupta – – Philosophical Review 4: The Making and Unmaking of Political Identity.
The Making and Unmaking of Differences: Science Logic and Mathematics. The creation of systemic unknowns where any potential “fact” is always already countered by an alternative of apparently equal weight and value renders engagement with the conditions of reality — the very situations affective labor seeks to assuage — contentious and a source of confusion, reflected by the inability of participants in bubbles to be aware of the imminent collapse until after it has happened.
User Review – Flag as inappropriate A great, diverse series of essays on a fascinating topic.
Proctor, who is shaping a new field, the study of ignorance, which he calls agnotology. Betancourt’s argument is posed in relation to the idea of affective labor. There are many causes of culturally induced ignorance. Croissant – – Social Epistemology 28 1: At that point I gave up the book completely.
The essays assembled in Agnotology show that ignorance is often more than just an absence of knowledge; it can also be the outcome of cultural and political struggles. Sign in Create an account. Orgasm and the epistemology of ignorance” by Nancy Tuana. Individual chapters treat examples from the realms of global climate change, military secrecy, female orgasm, environmental denialism, Native American paleontology, theoretical archaeology, racial ignorance, and more.
Ignorance has a history and a political geography, but there are also things people don’t want you to know “Doubt is our product” is the tobacco industry slogan.
Archived from the original on 5 October What keeps ignorance alive, or allows it to be used as a political instrument? It was not a book about the study of ignorance, it was a collection of examples.
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The distinguished authors offer compelling evidence that what we do not know is every bit as much a product of human choice and ingenuity as what we choose to know.
Why don’t we know what we don’t know? David Dunning of Cornell University is another academic who studies the spread of ignorance. Andrew McCallum Smith rated it liked it Dec 19, The goal of this volume is to better understand how and why various forms of knowing do not come to be, or have disappeared, or have become invisible.
In Robert N. What keeps ignorance alive, or allows it to be used as a political instrument? The Making and Unmaking of Differences: Many a time one is puzzled by the widespread ignorance of some of the greatest challenges mankind faces today, be it global warming, the way to the Iraq war, or the global tobacco epidemic.
The essays assembled in Agnotology show that ignorance is often more than just What don’t we know, and why don’t we know it?
Corporations and governmental agencies can contribute to the subject matter studied by agnotology through secrecy and suppression of information, document destruction, and myriad forms of inherent or avoidable culturopolitical selectivity, inattention, and forgetfulness.
Rick Bockovich rated it really liked it Oct 02, Alex rated it it was amazing Feb 28, Agnotology formerly agnatology is the study of culturally induced ignorance or doubtparticularly the publication of inaccurate or misleading scientific data. Joe Joe rated it it was amazing May 19, Interdisciplinary subfields of sociology Knowledge Words coined in the s Ignorance Cognitive inertia.
That is pure distraction research. I thought there were some great essays here, as well as some not great ones. Smithson – – In Robert N. Sign in to use this feature. Rachel rated it it was amazing Aug 24, What don’t we know, and why don’t we know it? I looked up the author’s biography and there it was – she teaches and writes about “gendered science” as if such a thing exists.